Pioneering H2020 project e-shape, strengthens the benefits for Europe of GEO - establishing ‘EuroGEO’

EuroGEO, as Europe’s contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, aims at bringing together Earth Observation resources in Europe. It allows Europe to position itself as global force in Earth observation through leveraging Copernicus, making use of existing European capacities and improving user uptake of the data from GEO assets.                           

                                 Explore e-shape success stories

Sargassum detection for seasonal planning
Success story
How observations of Sargassum West of Africa helps the Caribbean to prepare for seasonal influxes of Sargassum
Date: January 26, 2022
Company: CLS
Proposal: Provide long-term seasonal prediction in bulletins tailored to the key users needs To raise awareness on the sargassum season to help the key users to prepare the mitigation in advance for a better management of the sargassum landings and to efficiently plan the sargassum cleaning and gathering efforts.
Fisheries, Environmental, Pollution & Climate, Fisheries, Travel, Tourism and Leisure
Dive - Diver Information on Visibility in Europe
Success story
SCUBA Diving is a popular sports activity as well as a crucial commercial service for many coastal economic areas. There are approximately 3.2 million active divers in Europe, based on data provided by Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC). Visibility in the water is a safety factor in both recreational and commercial diving as well as a large factor in the enjoyment of recreational diving. Visibility can be affected by many factors or variables which can be measured from space. To enable the use of earth observation data in these user focused downstream services we will create a location based middleware web service that provides near real time (NRT) visibility information for a specific location based on EO data. The solution provides gives score for specific dive locations.
Company: Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
Proposal: To enable the use of earth observation data in these user focused downstream services we will create a location based middleware web service that provides near real time (NRT) visibility information for a specific location based on EO data. The solution provides gives score for specific dive locations.
Service for SDG 2.4.1 and 15.3.1 indicators assessment
Success story
The project provides informational service on the SDG indicators 2.4.1 “Proportion of agricultural area under productive and sustainable agriculture” and 15.3.1 “Proportion of land that is degraded over total land area” based on the 10 m. agricultural land productivity and crop type mapping on Sentinel-2 data as well as Sen-4-CAP. This project created by Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU – the main scientific research organization on the remote sensing field in Ukraine, ERA-Planet programme member and Copernicus Academy member. The methodology for this pilot was developed within the ERA-Planet programme GEOEssential project. The workflows for data processing, crop type mapping and SDGs indicators assessment was developed and tested within Amazon GEO-Grant using Amazon computational resources. The project is compliant with European initiatives on the SDGs and Sendai Framework and the unique feature of the project is usage of moderate resolution Sentinel-1,2 and Landsat-8 mission images for land degradation assessment on the country and field levels. In addition, the project aims on the extent of the European technologies such as SEN-4-Cap, CREODIAS, GEOEsential workflows for territory of Ukraine and neighboring countries.
Company: Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU
Proposal: The main functions of the service is the assessment of the SDG indicators on the country level, regional land productivity assessment, crop maps analysis, agriculture statistics delivery, national SDG report preparation and field level land productivity calculation. The results of the project will valuable for scientific and private-business organizations as well as for academicals sector. The tool will allow to assess the land degradation and SDG indicators.
High photovoltaic penetration at urban scale
Success story
GIS tool for urban areas to simulate variability in space and in time the electric energy load and the yield productions of rooftop PV systems to assess for planning phase
Company: Armines
Proposal: There is a need, in urban area, for GIS-like tool for grid operators, urban planning decision makers, industries, aggregators for solar energy trading, citizen (PV self-consumption) and researchers. This GIS-tool is meant to provide an urban energy system modelling of distribution grids to plan, monitor and nowcast (i.e. and short term forecast) the spatiotemporal variability of the electric consumption on one hand and of the production of fleet of PV rooftop systems on the other hand.
Urban resilience to extreme weather - climate service
Success story
The pilot application is focusing on the sponge city concept and atmospheric phenomena concerning the safety in and around cities. The application focuses on Urban Heat Index, drought and precipitation and provides methods for impact studies and evaluation of different adaptation strategies. Post-processing models will be used for seasonal and shorter-term forecasts and all will be combined with in-situ observations. A seamless product portfolio will help road maintenance companies and city authorities in managing impacts of snowfall events.
Company: DWD
Proposal: Sub-seasonal and seasonal forecasts for urban areas help the cities authorities preparing for hazardous summer and winter weather conditions (e.g. disaster risk reduction management against “urban” heat). The pilot on winter snow accumulation in Helsinki is a good example of how the sub-seasonal and seasonal forecast inclusion help city authorities planning their requirements of street network maintenance during winter. The urban climate projections provide the climatological scientific basis for mid-term and long-term human settlements planning and management especially against heat in disaster-prone areas.
Global Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Success story
In order for the world to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, the scientific community of earth observation and climate science has to come together and address the main identified research gaps. In particular, it is necessary to reduce the remaining uncertainties in the global carbon cycle. Special emphasis must be put on sources and sinks of oceans and terrestrial ecosystems, in order to fully integrate the budgets for the main greenhouse gases (GHG), CO2 and CH4.
Company: ICOS ERIC with MPI-BGC, Germany
Proposal: The Global Carbon Project (GCP) studies the integrated picture of the carbon cycle and other interacting biogeochemical cycles, including biophysical and human dimensions and their interactions and feedbacks. It contributes to the endeavors of UNFCCC, IPCC, GCOS, GEO by annual publication of the Global Carbon Budget (GCB) which has been established as one of the most prominent services to climate policy. It is based on observational data from various sources, that require improved sustainability and quality control, faster process towards near-real-time (NRT) data, combination of satellite and in situ observations, etc. More sophisticated products such as flux maps or integrated models will increase the accuracy of the annual GCB.

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